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Expert Predictions For The Future Web

Web experts have warned about the potential uncertainty that Internet users might be faced with as the World Wide Web moves closer towards another major transformation. Unlike the chaos created by the millennium bug, most of the predictions thus far are not arguably not as  worrying.

Smarter or Semantic Web

Semantic Web is a network of linked data that can be shared and re-used across various platforms. It is hoped this will be achieved by increasing and putting far more of the World’s raw data on the Internet so that the Web will be taught to understand and question itself far more than ever before. The aim of the Smarter Web is, therefore to eventually create a super-intelligent resource for Web users so that for example, searches made on search-engines will now give users exact and specific real-time answers which is far superior to what we have today.

The Ubiquitous Web

Most computer users think about the Web, today, as something approached via a browser on a MAC or PC, with the help of a keyboard. The ubiquitous Web aims to change this mindset by taking advantage of mobile-network technology so that Web users will be able to access the Internet wherever, whenever and in spite of whatever they are doing, almost in a device-free way. For example, through eye-glasses, or some sort of wearable visor. Thus, the Web browser, as we know it, will no longer be needed and will therefore be discarded. More people will also get connected to the Internet through mobile devices thus making humans even more dependent on the Web than ever.

Objects in the Cloud

In addition to real Web users (people), more and more objects – ranging from cars, to heart monitors, home sensors  and so on – are going to be connected to the Web thus contributing to the increasing wave of data which will be store in the cloud built by Web superpowers (Read more about Clouds here) .

Challenges of the Future Web?

So then, what does the future hold for a World that will be even more dependent on the Web than it is at the moment? With more and more data being stored, it will become more challenging and expensive for smaller organisations to compete with Web giants such as Yahoo, Microsoft and Google who will possibly be the only ones that can cope with the technological demands thus leading gradually to complete dependence on these Web giants. Consequently, the future of the Web may end up becoming one that is totally controlled by a few giant Web corporations, where openness, freedom and universal standards are a thing of the past.

Talking Point

Are you satisfied or worried about the potential future of the Internet? What is your major source of concern or satisfaction?

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Web Hosting UK

    March 25, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Interesting… so the we may be monopolized y the 3 major search engines at the nearest future..

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    March 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Technology continue to developed day by day, but I dont think the Web giants such as Yahoo, Bing and Google can not be the only company that will be in control, there will be other companies that join them in the future.

    • Admin

      April 23, 2010 at 10:05 am

      Possibly. Although the gap between these giants and other companies seem to be widening everyday. Perhaps, a completely new technology will change that.

      • Domain name registration

        April 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

        Yes, the gap continue to wide day by day, I quick believe that Google, Yahoo and Bing can not rule the world for life, a completely new technology will emerge sooner or later.

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  4. Val

    February 16, 2011 at 1:33 am

    2050? More like 2015! With the way that the internet is progressing, it’s only a matter of time to see what it has in store for us

  5. Janis Gagliardi

    June 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Completely true, at the rate internet is developing we must certainly look forward for the major change which is about to take place. Definitely it’ll be a corporate group controlling the Web because it has always been the corporate world dominating over everything and the television getting bombarded with their ads is just an example.

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